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Review: Michelin Pro Optimum Tires

You can have a $50 blue-light special all the way up to a $15k ultimate racer, but no matter what you ride, the tires are where the rubber literally meets the road.

Michelin Pro Otimum (Front pictured)
Michelin Pro Otimum (Front pictured)

Price:  $45-60

Usage Time/Distance:  approx. 1,500 miles on the first set, 3,100 miles on the second set before being replaced

Purchased From:  Bicycles of Tulsa

Size:  700 x 25C

Pros

  • Excellent road feel
  • Handling on both dry and wet roads is good
  • High TPI (threads-per-inch) count and wide size (25C) add to comfort and handling
  • Decent puncture resistance

Cons

  • Several small gouges/breaks that could have lead to failure (but this may be true of other tires)
  • Tight fitting; rather hard to put on / take off at first (after about 1,000 miles, they come on/off like any other tire)
  • Front/Rear specific means places can charge different prices for each (though I haven’t seen this much), and you have to buy the right one

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